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Here you can find information about our village, local activities and events, and the Parish Council. To find out more, please navigate through this website using the page links above.
17/03/2016 Parish Council Response Documents
Appendix to Neigbourhood Plan
03/03/2016: OFFICIAL BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL COMMENT ON LOWER THAMES CROSSING
Please find the official Brentwood Borough Council comment on the proposed Lower Thames Crossing below:
Date: 3 March 2016
Council to respond to Lower Thames Crossing consultation
Councillors agreed as an item of urgent business at this week’s Planning & Licensing Committee (1 March) that Brentwood Borough Council’s response to the Lower Thames Crossing consultation will be considered for approval at the next meeting of the Policy, Finance & Resources Committee on Tuesday 22nd March.
At the end of January 2016, the Council received details from Highways England of the Lower Thames Crossing plans to link Tilbury with Gravesend in Kent as their preferred option, which is known as Option C. Highways England also launched a public consultation which ends on 24 March 2016.
There is a clear understanding for the need for an additional river crossing for the following reasons:
· It is well known from evidence and experience that Dartford is heavily congested, which not only delays journeys but also has a negative impact on the local and national economy. Dartford is also potentially vulnerable if an additional crossing is built there given the amount of traffic in one location with limited alternatives.
· The proposal for a new crossing at Location C is supported. This seems to be the most suitable location when considering the connections between the M2/A2 in Kent and A13/M25 in Essex to benefit the wider region.
· The proposal for a bored tunnel is supported. This will have less of an environmental impact than a bridge or immersed tunnel, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing for the local area.
The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council who also Chairs the Policy, Finance & Resources Committee, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “Highways England proposed preferred route is Route 3 and support for Route 3 will be recommended for approval to members later this month. Although the route will have an impact on the setting of the countryside and Green Belt in South Essex, it appears to provide the shortest route from a crossing that connects with the M2 in Kent straight onto the M25. This seems to be the most sensible way to direct traffic, reducing strain on Dartford and providing new connections with the A13 and areas of growth in the Thames Gateway, such as the London Gateway port and logistics park. It would also provide an economic boost to the area, and to our Borough. The Council is proposing growth in and around Brentwood to meet local needs but we also want to keep our unique local character. Employment growth and new homes in Brentwood Borough would benefit greatly from the improved highway links and business opportunities.
“I have major concerns about the impacts that the published alternative Route 4 would have on the Borough. This route proposes that a new motorway follows the path of the A128 north and connects with the A127 in the Brentwood Borough. Whilst this could increase capacity on the A127 between West Horndon and the M25, it would fundamentally change the nature of the highway and require new links to and from roads that currently have access onto the A127. Route 4 also has potentially profound impacts on the Draft Brentwood Local Development Plan, specifically two proposed strategic sites at each end of the Borough’s A127 Corridor proposed to provide 2,500 new homes and more than 3,000 new jobs between them. The level of upgrade that would be required to both the A127 and M25 junction 29, as well as the high costs involved are further reasons that I will be proposing to the Committee that we object to the alternative option Route 4.
“Whilst we put together our response to Highways England consultation – I encourage our residents and businesses to respond to the consultation too.”
For more information on the Lower Thames Crossing consultation and to have your say please visit www.lower-thames-crossing.co.uk
26/01/2016: LOWER THAMES CROSSING CONSULTATION
A new Thames Crossing consultation is taking place between 26 January and 24th March 2016. The consultation can be found here:
Note that Route 4 would brush West Horndon via the A127. The remaining routes would also impact our local communities surrounding the village, in particuar, Orsett.
It is extremely important that this information is spread around our community, and as many people as possible respond to the consultation with their views.
We will ensure that information is also put up on our notice boards, and will try to get some paper copies available. We will confirm locations as soon as possible.
07/01/2016: PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCIES
We currently have two vacancies for Parish Councillors. No qualifications or experience necessary - just enthusiasm! Would you like to make a difference in your community? Do you have some ideas on how to improve the area in which you live? Come and join us on the Parish Council!
For more information or just an informat chat, please contact Cllr Colin Foan (email@example.com - 01277 812197), or our Clerk Lynne Farquhar (firstname.lastname@example.org - 07905416941).
25/09/2015: WEST HORNDON CITIZENSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
On 24th September, WHPC held the annual West Horndon Citizenship Awards ceremony. We were priviledged to have this year's awards handed out by the Brentwood Deputy Mayor. A very well done to all of this year's award winners, and a big thanks to all of those who attended and made it a special evening for all of those involved.
25/09/2015: WHPC COUNCILLORS RECEIVE ROSPA CERTIFICATES
Earlier this year, 3 WHPC councillors took time out of their day to day to take a ROSPA course in playground safety. Councillors McNicol, Foan and Crowley are now fully qualified to assess and monitor the safety of the playground at West Horndon park. We were priviledged to have the ROSPA certificates handed out by our deputy Mayor last night. A couple of pictures below!
15/06/2015: LDP (LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) PROCESS - NO NEWS, BUT WORK ONGOING
Despite the work put in by West Horndon residents to respond to both the Strategic Growth Options consultation, and the Dunton Garden Suburb consultation earlier this year, no further progress with regards to their LDP/development plans has been communicated to either the Parish Council or the wider Brentwood Borough residents by Brentwood Borough Council. The timing of the closing of the consultations coincided with the Borough Council election process, and it is understood that the new administration are still getting up to speed with responses and agreeing a path forwards for the LDP.
As such, unfortunately which this is a key issue for West Horndon, and despite the time elapsed since the latest consultation rounds closed, the Parish Council do not have an update for residents at this time. We wanted to flag this to you however, given how important this issue is to local residents and us as a Parish as a whole.
The Parish Council is not however just waiting re-engagement from Brentwood Borough Council. We are actively seeking meetings with key planning officers, and in the meantime we are working on our own sustainability appraisal which should provide us with a clearer view as to what level of development could be truely considered sustainable for West Horndon as a parish. This will enable us as a parish to provide a firm and well informed response to the Borough Council as and when they re-engage on their LDP plans.
11/06/2015: VEHICLE SAFETY REMINDER
The Brentwood area has suffered an increased number of incidents relating to car crime recently, please read the following information to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
Always shut the doors, windows and sunroof and ensure the car is locked. Never walk away from your car unless you are certain its locked by testing the handle.
Use a steering wheel lock if you have one, they have been around for a long time but are still very effective.
When you are at home don't leave your keys on show. put them in a safe place away from windows and doors.
If possible remove all valuables from the car, if it is not possible to remove them then put them out of sight.
When parking at home park in your garage if you have one, if not then park in a well lit area that has good natural surveillance from neighbouring properties.
When not parking at home try and use a secure car park, preferably monitored or with barriers. Again if its dark park in well lit areas. look for car parks that have the 'Park Mark' sign, these have been accredited as secure car parks by meeting the approved criteria. you can find these car parks by going on their website at: www.parkmark.co.uk
Please also visit www.essex.police.uk/my_neighbourhood.aspx for more information and to find your local officer contact details
14/05/2015: CHANGES TO ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL SUNDAY SAVER BUS FARES
We have been advised that Essex County Council will be increasing the price of its Sunday Saver ticket from Sunday 14th June 2015. The Sunday Saver Day Ticket is a "multi-operator bus ticket" offering unlimited day travel on all qualifying bus services in Essex on a Sunday, except on services operated by TfL and some premium bus routes.
A single adult fare increases from £2.80 to £4.00, single child from £1.50 to £2.00, and family from £8.00 to £10.00.
Information flyer can be found here.
30/04/2015: LOCAL SCHOOL TRANSPORT
West Horndon Parish Council are aware of the fact that many parents of pupils going to Brentwood County High have been informed that they will have to pay for their school transport going forwards. Having spoken to our Essex County Councillor on the matter, we understand that this appears to be an unintended consequence of an Essex wide transport policy introduced last year. This policy sought to limit funded school transport to those pupils who took up the place offered to them at their nearest school. When debated, it was understood that BCHS was the closest school to West Horndon. Based on correspondence with some local parents, it appears that the nearest school has been calculated as a Basildon/Laindon based school.
Given this was not intended to be the case, our Essex County Councillor will be taking the matter up. We (WHPC) will remain in dialogue to ensure that this situation is resolved in a positive manner.
15/04/2015: LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATION DECISIONS
Two planning applications within West Horndon Parish were referred to the Brentwood Borough Council Planning and Development Control Committee held on the 14th April 2015. These applications related to 1) the former Elliots nightclub and petrol station on the A127, and 2) 9 Thorndon Avenue.
WHPC had supported the proposed development on the old Elliots site, noting that whilst it was technically green belt land, it had been laying derelict for c. 30 years. The development plans put forwards were considered to be well thought through, and appropriate for the site. However, the proposal was recommended for refusal by planning officers due to, amongst other things, its location in the green belt and transport links. We are pleased that the BBC Planning and Development Control Committee took a similar view to WHPC and approved the application last night.
With regards to the proposed development at 9 Thorndon Avenue, WHPC had not supported the application when we considered it earlier this year. Whilst the site is oversized versus the standard plots on Thorndon Avenue, WHPC considered the level of development proposed to be excessive, with two rows of houses proposed essentially building in to garden space. The proposed density was not in keeping with the village, and could set a precedent for treatment of other slightly larger plots locally. Whilst planning officers had recommended the application for approval, we are plased that the BBC Planning and Development Control Committee refused the application on similar grounds to WHPC.
We view these decisions as positive for the village and wider parish.
Agenda and webcasts from the committee last night can be found here:
07/05/14: NEW WEBSITE
Welcome to the new West Horndon Parish website! Please take some time to take a look around, and any feedback would be warmly welcomed by the Communications Group.
Where to find us:
The village of West Horndon is located in the southernmost part of the Borough of Brentwood, with most of the Parish south of the A127 and west of the A128.